Social Workers at the Early Career Research Symposium

Michael Gearhart at Earley Career Research SymposiumErica Koegler at the Early Career Research Symposium

Assistant professors Michael Gearhart and Erica Koegler presented their research this afternoon at UMSL's Early Career Research Symposium. Dr. Gearhart's research looks at the impact the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center has had on the broader Ferguson community. Dr. Koegler's research examines sex and labor trafficking in the US. Both topics are vital to our St, Louis and wider communities. We are #UMSLProud!

Social Work Faculty Reach Milestones

Professors Wells-Glover, Curtis, Johnsona, and Pickard

Four social work faculty were honored at the 2019 State of the University Address on Sept 19, 2019. Pictured above are, left-to-right, Linda Wells-Glover, Lori Curtis, Sharon Johnson, and Joe Pickard. Johnson and Curtis were honored for their 20 years of service to UMSL and Wells-Glover and Pickard were honored for their 15 years of service. That's a total of 70 years! The School of Social Work is very lucky to have such outstanding faculty!

Dr. Sichling's Top 15 article in Ethnic and Racial Studies Journal

                    Florian Sichling

Assistant Professor Florian Sichling and his research collaborator, Benjamin Roth of the University of South Carolina, have written an article in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies that is in the top 15 most popular articles of the past two years. Their article is titled, "Perceived advantages: the influence of urban and suburban neighbourhood context on the socialization and adaptation of Mexican immigrant young men."

As a result of this popularity, the publisher, Taylor & Francis, will allow free public access to the article through December 31st, 2019. To read the article in its entirety, click on the link on the title above.

Joe Pickard Presents His Research in Maynooth, Ireland

Joe Pickard presenting in Ireland

This summer, Associate Professor Joe Pickard presented his research on older adults who choose to walk Spain's Camino de Santiago at The Sacred Journeys 6th Global Conference in Maynooth, Ireland. Attendees included delegates from 15 countries and presentations from scholars, pilgrims, religious leaders, and others on a wide range of topics related to sacred journeys.

Uma Segal Delivers Keynote Address to the WHO in Turkey

Uma Segal

Uma Segal has once again been asked to deliver an international keynote address. She was asked by the World Health Organization to deliver a keynote at the WHO Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health on July 15, 2019 in Çeşme, Turkey. Her address was titled, "Beyond the migration crisis."

Remembering Joan Hashimi, Founding Faculty Member

Joan Hashimi

We are sad to report that Joan Hashimi, a founding faculty member of the UMSL School of Social Work, passed away May 2.

Hashimi joined UMSL in 1975 and was instrumental in developing the BSW and MSW programs. She retired in 2001. Hashimi was granted emeritus status upon retirement in recognition of her contributions to the university and the field of social work. A scholarship was established in honor of the accomplishments of Joan and another founding professor, Norman Flax. Below is a link to an online obit with more details.

Joan Hashimi's online obituary

Yvonne Berry named Field Instructor of the Year

Yvonne Berry, Field Instructor of the Year

At our annual Graduation and Alumni reception,The School awarded its first Outstanding Field Instructor Award to Yvonne Berry, Senior Volunteer Engagement Specialist at the Red Cross of Missouri and Ankansas. Yvonne has been at the Red Cross for 40 years and supervised 75 students from programs across the region. She was recognized for her commitment to developing emerging social workers by acting as a teacher, mentor, and supervisor. Congratulations, Yvonne. We appreciate all that you do for our students!

Creative Collaborations - Refugee Integration: Stories to Educate

Uma Segal

Social Work professor Uma Segal is reaching across campus and across disciplines to collaborate with Felia Davenport, associate professor in the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Segal and Davenport will be working within the Syrian community to explore, analyze, and raise awareness of the challenges facing refugee populations. Social Work students will analyze interviews and focus groups that will then be woven into stories written by creative writing and theater students in an effort to educate and sensitize local communities to the realities of our resident refugee communities. Thieir work is being funded by a University of Missouri Research Board grant. Read more about their work and that of other Research Board awardees in this 3/28/19 UMSL Daily blog post.

Social Workers Present Research on Ferguson to the Pierre Laclede Society

Gearthart & students at Pierre Laclede Society

Michael Gearhart and his graduate research assistants, Lakeisha Griffin (left) and Carly Vogt (right) at the Pierre LaClede Society, a giving community comprised of generous alumni and other donors to the University. Michael and his assistants presented their research on the impact that the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center is having on the challenges facing the city's residents.

Innovative Research of UMSL African American Faculty

Sha Lai Williams at BHM Panel

Assistant professor Sha-Lai Williams Woodson was a featured speaker on a panel presenting innovative research by UMSL African American faculty as part of UMSL's Black History Month recognition. Sha-Lai spoke about her research into how informal social supports such as churches may be a factor in whether people seek professional mental help. See more about her work and and that of others in this 2/11/2019 UMSL Daily Blog.


Immigrant Youth in St. Louis and Nuremberg

Florian Sichling

Assistant professor Florian Sichling has been studying young Syrian and Bosnian refugees in St. Louis and Nuremberg, Germany. In his work, he compares the experiences of first generation Bosnians with the more recent first-generation Syrian refugees in hopes of aiding second generation Syrians and making informed recommendations for policy changes affecting these and other immigrant communities. See more about his work in this 1/28/19 UMSL Daily blog.

Community Engagement, Collective Action in Ferguson

Michael Gearhart

Assistant Professor Michael Gearhart "is using his proximity to Ferguson to research how the community is bouncing back from that period of turmoil, as well as how implicit bias informs outside views of its residents. He is about a third of the way through a study examining the effectiveness of efforts undertaken by the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center to address the challenges faced by the city’s residents and also getting started on work examining police-resident relationships in the wake of the Brown shooting."  To read more about Michael's work on civil rights in Ferguson, check out this 11/26/18 UMSL Daily Blog.